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Fall 2022
5314 Lawyering Skills and Strategies (FLLM) - SIMMONS- 13619

Professor(s): Laurel  Simmons (CLINICAL FACULTY [405(b)])

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Foreign LLM 

Time: 10:30a-12:00p - MW  BLB-109 until 8/22  Location: 310 after 8/22 

Course Outline: This is a course in two parts: As a preliminary matter, this course focuses on an introduction to the American legal education system and the skills a student must possess to succeed. The curriculum will include instruction in the case method of the study of law in the United States, including briefing a case and recitation; the importance of outlining as a method of exam preparation; and actual exam writing skills, especially if a majority of students are more familiar with an oral exam tradition. Then this course shifts focus to a skills-based examination of the U.S. legal system. This curriculum will be problem-based, using fact-pattern simulations to develop oral communication, legal writing, research, and analysis skills essential to practice in the U.S. legal system.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes: (Face-to-Face)  The UH registration system instruction mode for this course is listed in parenthesis. After student registration opens, there may be instruction mode changes to this course up through two weeks before the first day of classes for the term, but notice of such changes will be sent to then-registered students. For this instruction mode, instructors and students are expected to normally be physically present in the classroom. If the course has a final examination, it will be in a classroom requiring your physical presence. Other assessment, such as a mid term exam, may also be in a classroom. Whether this instructor will offer “remote presence” (starting a zoom meeting from the podium computer to enable student remote access on an occasional basis) for part or all of the semester is not known, but students should not rely on an expectation that remote presence will be available.

For FLLM students only.

Special Note:

The class starts the week of August 15, 2022. The class will meet at special days/times during that week and then will start regular class schedule as listed on the course information.

The class will meet Monday-Thursday, August 15- August 18 from 10:30-12 each day.


First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule:    

This course will have:

Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: No

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA:

Pass-Fail Student Election: Unavailable (Instructor Preference)

Course Materials (3/22/2022 3:51:02 PM)

No book required for this course

Textbooks and Online Resources. There will not be a textbook for this class. I will provide supplements with readings for class. These will be provided to you free of charge on the course page.

If you are a non-native English speaker, or simply unfamiliar with the U.S. legal system, you may find the following books and online services useful. They are by no means required:

Karen M. Ross, Essential Legal English in Context: Understanding the Vocabulary of US Law and Government (2019). ISBN 978-1-4798-3167-8.

Bryan Garner, The Redbook: A Manual on Legal Style (4th ed. 2018). ISBN 978-1642421002.

For study skills and law school hacks:

For refreshers on grammar and punctuation rules:

For sources of law and the legal method:

For exam writing:;

For legal research: or Terrill Pollman, Jeanne Frazier Price, Linda Berger, Legal Research (2017). ISBN 978-1454867890.